Sara Armstrong So Papers

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Sara Armstrong So Papers

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Abstract:Soldier with the Michigan Army National Guard and veteran of Operation Enduring Freedom, the United States war in Afghanistan. Digital materials include video and photograph related to her training, deployment to Afghanistan, and military career in general.

Sara Armstrong So was born in Hillsdale, Michigan in 1986. She has served in the military since 2004. She began her military career in Eastern Michigan University’s ROTC program in 2004 on a full-ride scholarship. In 2006 she enlisted in the Michigan Army National Guard. She received her commission through Eastern Michigan University’s ROTC program into the Michigan Army National Guard in 2008, and in May of 2009 she completed her Military Officer Basic Training course.

In July of 2011 Sara was called up to the HH210 Military Police Battalion and mobilized for deployment to Kuwait. In February of 2012 her orders were changed, and instead she was sent to Afghanistan for twelve months. She mobilized through camp Shelby, Mississippi to Western Afghanistan as a member of an SFAAT (Security Forces Advise and Assist Team). She was the first female soldier to ever be deployed to that location in Afghanistan.

During her time in Afghanistan she worked on a ten-man team which advised and assisted an Afghan border police battalion in logistics, operations, communication, and command and training issues. Her team also assisted at the border crossing point with Iran at the Islam Qala.

In February of 2013 Sara completed her deployment and returned to the United States where she took command of the 114 Military Police Company.

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